By the end of the month, there will be countless proud, new owners of smart phones, tablets, mp3 players and more, so TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas looks ahead to the latest and greatest tech-cessories for the new year.
Just your type
Touch screen devices are becoming a way of life in many parts of the country, but for those of us still tied to "old school" keyboards, The Sharper Image has developed a clever solution. Their iPhone Slideout Keyboard Case puts QWERTY-style, type-able buttons in the palm of your hand. Simply attach the case, pull out the keyboard and quickly knock out emails, texts and more. Just like the good ol' days! ($74.99; thesharperimage.com)
Bling your buds
While you may have seen crystal-encrusted headphones in stores, you probably haven't seen anything like Deos' earbud covers. Essentially decorative jewelry for your headphones, the covers come in an array of sparkling colors and styles and clip on to your favorite pair of in-ear buds. You can move them from mp3 player to phone to computer, or just change them out to match your ensemble. Set by hand for long term adhesion, they can even protect your headphones from wear and tear ($30 and up; deoslive.com).
Pillow for your pad
Tablet users that lounge on the couch know that sometimes you need a little bit of support. Thankfully, there are a few great options to choose from. The Beanpad from B&H Photo is a cute and colorful bean-bag based stand that provides a comfy resting place for your iPad ($59.99; BandHPhotoVideo.com). While another option, the Lounge Case by InCase, is a hard shell case with a soft, cushioned back. It will keep everything safe, secure and at just the right angle for browsing the web or catching up on reading before bed ($59.95; Goincase.com).